Making his debut in the A1 Grand Prix championship at Lausitz, Tomas Scheckter is one of the more high profile names on the grid, but a disappointing qualifying effort will see the IRL star start from a lowly 23rd out of 24 entrants.

A multiple race winner on the ovals in America, Scheckter takes over driving duties from Stephen Simpson in Germany but will have his work cut out after a lacklustre set of times in the first three sessions meant a more aggressive effort in the fourth and final period was unable to push him further up the grid.

As a result, South Africa will start ahead of just Lebanon for the first race, while Scheckter will also line up on the grid some eleven places down from IRL team mate Tomas Enge racing in the Czech Republic entry.

Although Scheckter is disappointed with his position, he is determined to provide far more impressive race pace and position himself well for the feature race. "We tried really hard to overcome some handling and aerodynamic problems with the car and, although we managed to put in some almost respectable times in the last two qualifying sessions, it was just not good enough," Scheckter said.

"I'm disappointed and I'm sure South Africans are disappointed. But I'd like to assure my fellow-countrymen that the whole team is pulling together to see what we can do to improve things. We've got all night before tomorrow morning's 15-minute warm-up and we won't be doing too much resting."



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